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BCCI clears Mohammed Shami of match-fixing, offers grade B contract

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a press release wherein it said that the decision was taken after considering the report from BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: March 23, 2018 11:43 IST ]
Image Source : PTI A file image of Mohammed Shami.

Mohammed Shami can finally breathe a huge sigh of relief after the BCCI decided to proceed with the fast bowler's contract after it was withheld by the Indian cricket board due to certain allegations which were imposed by his wife Hasin Jahan.The Team India pacer's wife levelled charges of domestic violence and attempt to murder and even claimed to have a hand in match-fixing as well which led to the board requesting the Anti-Corruption Unit to take charge and investigate the matter which later on turned out to be Shami's favour.

The cricketer will now resume with his training and will immediately start with the Delhi Daredevils. Mohammed Shami was highly grateful by taking to social media, saying that 'I heartily thank all of you friends that you kept your trust in me. In the opposite watch you gave your love and support. For the country .... Playing for you ... I will be playing from now on.' 

The latest development also means that Shami will be able to take part in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, which is begins on April 7.

The BCCI issued a press release wherein it said that the decision was taken after considering the report from BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit.

"The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had requested Mr Neeraj Kumar, former Police Commissioner of Delhi and Head of BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit, to investigate the allegations against Mohd. Shami insofar as they pertain to the provisions of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code.

"Mr Neeraj Kumar has submitted his confidential report to the CoA. Based on the conclusions in the said report, the CoA is of the view that no further actions/ proceedings under the BCCI anti-corruption code are warranted in the matter.

"For this reason, the BCCI shall proceed with offering a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract to Mohd. Shami," it said.

Last week, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had written to the BCCI's ACU head Neeraj Kumar to investigate the charges levelled against Shami by his wife.

The CoA, led by Vinod Rai, had given a seven-day deadline to Kumar to submit the report on the issue.

This direction came after cricketer's wife levelled various allegations, including of match-fixing, against the fast bowler.

Though Jahan retracted fixing allegation, the CoA had taken note of it and asked the ACU to investigate the matter.

However, it is now confirmed that the ACU head has submitted his confidential report to the CoA and that the Supreme Court-appointed committee was of the view that there is no further action required against Shami under the BCCI anti-corruption code.

Shami has also been included in Grade B of the BCCI's annual retainer contracts after the board found no evidence of match-fixing against the Indian pacer.

Earlier, a case was registered against Shami on the basis of a written complaint filed by his wife, who has claimed that Shami has been having extra-marital affairs and abusing her physically and mentally.

In a series of claims made by her last week, Jahan, for once, had also alleged that Shami could be involved in match-fixing.

However, Shami had rejected all the allegations and said that someone was misleading his wife.

(With ANI inputs)

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